risking it

June 30, 2004

hear it in the stairwell: Broken Social Scene, Radiohead, Coldplay, DMB, Wilco Mix

Ok, so let’s picture it…

It’s late one night and the disciples are rowing across a lake while Jesus is asleep in the stern of the boat. And they see this huge and amazing thunderstorm rolling in across the lake. At first they watch and are amused by the lightening. But minutes pass and they see that this storm isn’t losing any momentum- in fact, it’s becoming dangerous. Before they had time to prepare, their old and questionable boat is being slammed by ten-foot waves and begins to take on water. They were in danger of sinking. They were in danger of losing their lives. They wake up Jesus in an act of despairation screaming, “We’re going to drown!!” They must have been thinking You’re the Son of God, you make storms…do somehthing!!

And Jesus did do something. He said, “Be Still.” Two simple words and the terrific storm stopped. The crashing waves were immediately as calm as glass. The sky was silent. It became eerily still and I believe the disciples were petrified- even more so than in the midst of the storm. I bet they didn’t move for a good thirty minutes and when they did, it was one of them leaning over and saying, “Don’t make him mad” in a whisper to the others. The disciples had a firsthand experience with the danger of Jesus.

Jesus is anything but a safe and predictable God/man. Crying one minute and knocking over tables the next; showing courageous compassion one minute and cursing hypocrites the next; blasting the Pharisees one day for having a narrow view of adultery, then on the next day forgiving a woman caught in adultery. He was dangerous- dangerous to the power structure, dangerous to the church and most definitely dangerous to the crowds of people who followed Him.

So doesn’t this mean that the followers of Jesus are to be dangerous as well? Shouldn’t everyone be awed and dazzled by Christ-followers? Shouldn’t Christians be known by the fire in their souls, the wide-eyed gratitude in their faces, the spark in their eyes, and the holy-mischeif in their demeanor? Are we considered dangerous? Unpredicable? Threatening to the status quo? Living ouside the lines? Uncontrollable? Fearless? Wild? Beyond categorization and definition?

Living IN CHRIST is, afterall, a world of very dangerous, almost ruthless living.

I like imagine it like Narnia after Alsan has come back from death. Lucy and the children, eyes wide open with astonishment, recognizing him, and then Aslan speaks,

“And now-”

“Oh yes. Now?” said Lucy jumping up and clapping her hands.

“Oh, Children,” said the Lion, “I feel my strength coming back to me. Oh, children, catch me if you can!” He stood for a second, his eyes very bright. his limbs quivering, lashing himself with his tail. Then he made a leap high over their heads and landed on the other side of the table. Laughing, though she didn’t know why, Lucy scrambled over to reach him. Aslan leaped again. A mad chase began. Round and round the hill-top he led them, now hopelessly out of their reach, now letting them almost catch his tail, now diving between themm now tossing them in the air with his huge and beautifully velveted paws and catching them again, and now stopping unexpectedly so that all three of them rolled over together in a happy laughing heap of fur and arms and legs. It was such a romp as no one has ever had except in Narnia, and whether it was more like playing with a thunderstorm or playing with a kitten Lucy could never make up in her mind. And the funny thing was that when all three finally lay together panting in the sun the girls no longer felt in the least tired or hungry or thirsty.

Wow, if only I were more Lucy-like in my pursuit of my dangerous God.

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4 Responses to “risking it”

  1. Kristi said

    Yep, Amber, let’s be more like Lucy.

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